The Barge Inn has been a popular watering hole for crews for many years, it closed it's doors on July 14th., I believe that the building is going to be renovated, but will most likely not reopen as a bar/restaurant.
Im guessing the Truck is going to be busier than normal then for a while.. Is the sign on the Truck door banning air tahiti still up? Whatever they did it must have been bad to get the whole line banned !
Wasn't the Barge Inn opened by Dicky Pickle just after his airline started to operate to NRT. Rumour had it that it was a his good way of getting the crew allowances back in his pocket. Cynics - Us - No.
Amended routine is now Jetlag/Little Italy.....Cage....Skinpray.
I'm sure most Narita goers know Jetlag's whereabouts but fewer are aware of Little Italy's. So, if you don't know, imagine standing facing out of the Barge. Diagonally left is a road that leads off the 'main' road and disappears down a hill. Go down there and 200m down the road, on the right, is a sea container with decking attached. Behold the wonder that is Agusto's drinking hole (as opposed to his very nice place of eating).
Heard a nice story from a mate of mine the other day. Having had a crew trip to Cafe Bonne, the pilots suggested going to Little Italy. In a thick Cockney accent, "Nah, let's go to Jetlag", said one of the lovelies from the cabin, "we've already climbed up one hill and I'm buggered if I'm going up another before going to the Cage".
MMmm, all this writing has got me thinking about tonight's NRT adventures
They both have their advantages. I like to take the train on arrival, definitely simper, then taxi from tokyo main station or stay at shinjuku or shinagawa. Lets you stretch your legs more, drink coffee etc. On the way back the bus is easier, direct from the hotel with bags to the terminal etc, buy ticket at hotel reception. Hope this helps.